Winter arrives in time for Sunlight’s opening day |

Winter arrives in time for Sunlight’s opening day

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Snow. It slows down the pace a little bit for commuters in the Roaring Fork Valley, while others find their day speeding up.At Sunlight Mountain Resort, just south of Glenwood Springs, that’s just the way they like it.”There’s a lot of good stuff going on right now, like major snowfall,” said Sunlight Marketing Manager Lauren Yant.The Sunlight team is hustling to get things ready for opening day on Friday. And this latest storm has brought with it lots and lots of smiles.”We’re pretty psyched about it. There’s definitely a buzz in the air,” Yant said.Friday kicks off Sunlight’s 40th year of operation, and this winter storm is just what the skiers and riders ordered.”It will depend on how the storm pans out,” she said. “But this snow is going to make for some great runs for sure.”

The storm brought with it about a foot of snow to Sunlight and dumped about 18 inches on Aspen/Snowmass by early afternoon on Tuesday. The storm was expected to bring even more through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, which will allow Aspen to open more runs and Sunlight to have a stellar opening weekend.”We’re expecting a great weekend,” Yant said.Tuesday, the lifts were being tested, the terrain park was being worked on, and the snow cats were out on the mountain grooming the fresh snow. But as the resort was hopping with workers preparing for this weekend’s events, other parts of Garfield County weren’t as excited about the snow, but it didn’t really pose any serious problems.The Colorado State Patrol had an increase in calls, according to dispatch, but didn’t have any incidents that were out of the ordinary. The state patrol also had backup from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.”There really hasn’t been anything out of order,” said sheriff’s office spokesperson Tanny McGinnis. Adding that it was “business as usual.”Business as usual was not how the Garfield School District Re-2 transportation director would describe the day. Re-2 has had a tough year with driver shortages, but with the addition of four new drivers in the past few weeks, they didn’t have too many troubles delivering the kids to the schools yesterday.”We certainly run a little behind on snowy days,” Morgan said. “Some of the drivers are still very new, but they did an awesome job.”

Morgan said that two buses did get stuck due to snow, and some of the other buses had to help finish those routes. The buses ran smoothly the rest of the day, though, with no major problems. However, the school district did cancel all elementary- and middle-school after-school programs as well as all high school athletic practices.The Colorado Department of Transportation was out plowing snow all day, with about 14 trucks to cover parts of Garfield County from Glenwood Canyon to Rifle and up Highway 82, including parts of Eagle and Pitkin Counties.”We’ve had a good plow day,” said D’Wayne Gaymon, maintenance foreman for CDOT’s King area out of Grand Junction. “For the most part people were slowed down, and we didn’t see a lot of accidents.”Gaymon said that CDOT in this region has at least 10 trucks out at all times during snowstorms like this.The heavy snow also closed the Pitkin County Airport at 5 p.m. due to poor weather conditions and canceled airline flights.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext.

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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